Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MIPS Technologies Positions Android for Digital Home

MIPS Technologies is working to position the Android OS for digital home applications such as set-top boxes, digital TVs, mobile internet devices (MIDs), home media players and VoIP systems. The company is making the source code for running Android on the MIPS platform publicly available. and has initiated an Early Access Program for a small group of key customers who will have access to specific hardware and code optimizations before they are publicly available.

"Android presents a compelling value proposition in bringing internet connectivity and a broad range of applications to MIPS-based digital home devices. We are working closely with customers and partners to ensure that critical technologies are available for developers to take advantage of Android for consumer electronics," said Art Swift, vice president of marketing, MIPS Technologies.

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Router Market to Resume Strong Growth in 2011

The worldwide service provider router market will resume strong growth in 2011, as global economic conditions improve and new product and new infrastructure investment cycles begin to ramp, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. After a steep market decline this year, the router market is forecast to grow minimally in 2010, and then bounce back with double-digit growth rates from 2011 through 2013. Dell'Oro Group predicts that the service provider router market will surpass $10 billion by 2013.

"By 2011, we expect service providers that have weathered the economic downturn to resume spending on large network projects and invest in their router infrastructures," said Shin Umeda, Vice President of Routers research at Dell'Oro Group. "There will be a number of technological advancements in the areas of router capacity and service delivery capabilities that will be the basis for a new industry investment cycle that should last several years," added Umeda.

Google to Acquire On2 for Video Compression

Google will acquire On2 Technologies, a leading developer of video compression technology, in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $106.5 million.
On2's video compression codecs are used in a range of desktop and mobile applications and devices. On2 customers include Adobe, Skype, Nokia, Infineon, Sun Microsystems, Mediatek, Sony, Brightcove, and Move Networks. The company is based in Clifton Park, New York.

"Today video is an essential part of the web experience, and we believe high-quality video compression technology should be a part of the web platform," said Sundar Pichai, Vice President, Product Management, Google. "We are committed to innovation in video quality on the web, and we believe that On2's team and technology will help us further that goal."http://www.on2.com

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies IP/MPLS for Cox Business Ethernet Services

Cox Business has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP service router products and services to support Ethernet-based solutions for its business and carrier customers.  The deployment is based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router. Cox Business is currently the fourth largest provider of business Ethernet services in the U.S. based on customer ports, according to industry research and analysis firm Vertical Systems Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Portugal's Sonaecom Launches 21 Mbps HSPA+ with Huawei

Portugal's Sonaecom has launched a commercial HSPA+ mobile broadband service using Huawei's platform. The deployment uses 64 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) in the air interface to achieve a downlink data rate of up to 21.6 Mbps. To enhance Sonaecom' s existing UMTS network, Huawei provided an end-to-end solution with HSPA+ networks and customized mobile broadband modems. A technology trial was successfully carried out in June 2009. The trial phase has been supported by Huawei and Qualcomm and uses terminal equipment featuring Qualcomm' s MDM8200 HSPA+ chipset.

"Due to Huawei' s smooth introduction of HSPA+ on our existing network, the new technology can help us maintain our leading position in the Portuguese competitive market," said Mr. José Pinto Correia, CTO of Sonaecom. "This new technology will enable our customers to enjoy higher speed and higher quality mobile broadband services, while delivering more capacity to our network." 

As of Q2 of 2009, Huawei has deployed over 10 commercial HSPA+ networks worldwide.

Verizon Business Rolls Out Next-Gen Managed Security Services Platform

Verizon Business launched commercial services over its next-generation managed security services (MSS) platform.

The company said its newly enhanced and proprietary State and Event Analysis Machine (SEAM) is designed to go beyond first generation threat and vulnerability tools to safeguard corporate networks by proactively identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing threats across the extended enterprise -resulting in better visibility, enhanced security and reduced risk. SEAM gathers information from Verizon Business' expansive global IP network as well as customer network- and premises-based security devices. The system uses this data to correlate risk from three key sources: threat information received from security devices in real time, vulnerability and technical asset information gathered from periodic scans, and asset criticality information received from the customer.

In addition, an enhanced online portal provides customers with critical information about their entire security infrastructure, including details that enable security executives to see their company's network security status at any given time.

Verizon Business is offering three new MSS tiers:

  • Basic Monitoring: Allows customers to outsource only the monitoring of security devices to Verizon Business while leveraging in-house staffing and retaining management control.

  • Premium Monitoring: Provides continuous monitoring of security devices with analytical support from Verizon Business. Security logs and alerts generated by security devices are analyzed, correlated and classified by the Verizon proprietary SEAM Engine and interpreted by security analysts located in one of the company's global security operations centers.

  • Premium Monitoring and Management: Provides the monitoring capabilities that are part of the Premium Monitoring service, and also proactive management of all devices. This includes installing security patches, managing security policies and restoring devices.

Cisco Posts Revenue of $8.5 billion, Down 18% YoY

Cisco reported fourth quarter net sales of $8.5 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.1 billion or $0.19 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $1.8 billion or $0.31 per share. Revenue was down 18% compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

"Cisco delivered very solid quarterly and annual results in a challenging economic environment, as we continued our focus on disciplined execution and our customers' success," said John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco. "We are confident in our strategic position in both existing and thirty adjacent markets. We saw a number of positive signs this quarter in the economy and in our business, especially comparing our sequential quarter-over-quarter order trends. If we continue to see these positive order trends for the next one to two quarters, we believe there is a good chance we will look back and see that the tipping point occurred in our business in Q4."

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Exceeding goal of reducing annual expenses by $1.5 billion

  • Cisco saw a return to "normal order patterns" compared to the previous two quarters. The company said it was seeing positive trends in Asia Pacific, U.S., emerging markets and Japan.

  • Major job cuts and realignments are now complete

  • Revenue guidance for Q1 FY 2010 is for a decline of 15-17% YoY

  • Gross margin (non-GAAP) was 65.3%, compared to 65.1% in the preceding quarter.

  • Among Cisco's Advanced Technologies, TelePresence grew 97% YoY and grew 14% YoY. Meanwhile, video was down 30%, unified communications was down 5%, wireless was down 19%, security was down 19%, networked home was down 26%, ANS was down 27% and storage was down 8%.

  • Cash flows from operations were $2.0 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with $3.5 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, and compared with $2.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Cash flows from operations were $9.9 billion for fiscal 2009, compared with $12.1 billion for fiscal 2008.

  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $35.0 billion at the end of fiscal 2009, compared with $26.2 billion at the end of fiscal 2008, and compared with $33.6 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009.

  • Deferred revenue was $9.4 billion at the end of fiscal 2009, compared with $8.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2008, and compared with $8.8 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009.